LibriVox recording of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Read by Jeanette Ferguson.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is a memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and ex-slave, Frederick Douglass. It is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves during the same period. In factual detail, the text describes the events of his life and is considered to be one of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the early 19th Century in the United States. (Summary by Jeanette)
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I am often greatly surprised that so few people have read this book (as I was surprised in myself at having neglected it for so long).
It was never a requirement in my schooling-- and I wonder how many Americans and others have become acquainted with it.
I don't believe one can be more fully educated without having read this book (which becomes a greater pleasure to listen to as well).
Frederick Douglass's story is one of great personal courage that transcends race, nationality or time.
It describes the oppressive circumstances into which he was born and had to live, how he was helped and hindered, how he often had to rely on himself to learn, struggle, and fight back-- in the end, primarily through his words.
His lessons are invaluable-- as is the service of making his autobiography more easily available to the world.
January 20, 2012 Subject:
I agree with gooch12
Listen for how Douglass frames his narrative to attract his white listeners to the cause of abolition -- he's a masterful rhetorician and propagandist.
January 11, 2009 Subject:
Good, not great, recording
There was a single reader throughout, and though her voice was pleasant and clear enough, she read rather quickly and without feeling. Furthermore, she mispronounced a number of words along the way. Not enough to annoy, but enough to be noticeable.
Sound levels of the recording are good, etc. Well worth a listen.